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“Pirates” were the main consumers of licensed content


According to a new report from the UK , the view that “pirates” always seek to get any content for free was false, moreover, the results of the research showed a completely different picture.


For many years there is an opinion that users who use Torrent services inflict tremendous damage to the entertainment industry because they consider it unnecessary to pay authors money for their work.

However, according to a new report from the UK (the report was created by the company to combat Internet piracy MUSO ), all these beliefs are nothing more than conjectures and fiction. According to a survey conducted among thousands of UK residents, more than 60% of respondents admitted that they used torrent trackers to download music, movies and TV shows.

It was interesting that 83% of respondents admitted that they first tried to find the content they needed legally and if they did not, they turned to torrents for help. From this we can conclude that most “pirates” are originally consumers who are not set up to violate copyright.

The reality is that most people who tried to find and access such illegal content are first of all fans and fans who most often want to get content legally if there is an opportunity.

Paul Briley

As a result, surveys identified three main causes of piracy:

  • Content is simply not available in legal form (34.9%)
  • Content is very difficult to find and access to it (34.7%)
  • Content too expensive (35.2%)

The MUSO poll shows that 91% of all pirates already have any subscription to legal content, for example on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or Apple Music. This is more than their “non-pirate” colleagues, of which less than 80% subscribe to only one of these services. The main problem is that for legitimate use of content, people need to get a few paid subscriptions to access the content they are interested in, while Torrent trackers provide everything and immediately in one place and this reason is still relevant in the fight against “piracy”.

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